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Old 01-09-2013, 03:12 AM   #1
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Just received my media, tumbler, case trimmer and dies. Cleaned about 250 cases and grabbed 5 to get the rcbs fl sizing die setup. Here's the photos...

Pictures aren't great but the shoulders seem to be buckling/denting. I'm using rcbs lube on the lube pad. It's cold in the garage so the lube comes out like syrup. Too much lube? Too little? Directions said something about vent holes, but when I cleaned it I didn't notice any. Any help is appreciated.



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Your probably using to much lube. Try putting a dime sized amount on the pad and working it in with a finger. You could also give your die a good cleaning with brake cleaner.



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I think you are right. After cleaning the die again, I went real light on the lube. The brass looked much better. These are my first reloads. With any luck I'll be posting a range report this weekend.

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Yep, looks like to much lube...
I prefer the wax to the lube pads

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Too much lube generally causes wrinkles on the shoulder, not the body. That looks more like ejection dings. As long as they chamber, they will be fine.

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Too much lube generally causes wrinkles on the shoulder, not the body. That looks more like ejection dings. As long as they chamber, they will be fine.
I have seen .223 brass do this because of too much lubrication. Once you figure out you dont need very much lube at all you will love the pad.
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Too much lube generally causes wrinkles on the shoulder, not the body. That looks more like ejection dings. As long as they chamber, they will be fine.
I took it as the problem came after resizing the cases not firing.
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Most often you see over lube damage on the shoulder.

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You are both correct. There are some dents on the body of the cases from the deflector but I was referring to the wrinkled shoulder. If you zoom in on the photos you can see them. The pictures aren't very good. They are very noticeable in person.

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Gotcha. Dang mobile computing makes zoom difficult. Wrinkles on the shoulder are definately from excessive lube. I have used a variety of lubes over the years. I am hard headed and finally discovered Imperial Sizing Wax. It is pretty much everything it claims to be.



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